No I wasn't born in Ghana, but Africa is my momma
And I did not end up here from bad karma
Or from B-Ball, selling mad crack or rapping
I'm a African by Dead Prez

The emphasis here is that African Americans, and other members of the African diaspora, should think of themselves first as Africans, rather than as citizens of whatever country they may be in. They should remember that they are in a new country (and likely an unfair political/economic situation) not due to any fault of their own, but because of the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Same skin hated by the Klansmen
Big nose and lips, big hips and butts, dancing, what
I'm a African by Dead Prez

The group engages in a textbook example of reappopropriation here — members of a group reclaiming stereotypes/slurs/etc. that have been used against it in a disparaging way. The practice has a long history in sexuality, politics, ethnicity, and especially religion — the terms “Christian” and “Methodist” were originally insults

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Camouflage fatigues and daishikis
Somewhere in between N.W.A. and P.E
I'm a African by Dead Prez

dp lays out their outlook here in just a few words. They are both Afrocentric black nationalists — thus the wearing of African dashikis and the listening to political rappers Public Enemy. However, to get their way, they will get gangster with it — thus the militaristic camo fatigues and the soundtrack of proto-gangsta-rappers N.W.A. This philosophy is summed up in the group’s catchphrase and later album title RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta

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Think twice before you air; black folks, stay strong
Let's stick together and come up or it won't be long
Until we end our own race, and that's by selling our soul
Killing our brothers and sisters just to have control
Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

This last verse firmly puts this song in the then-popular category of message songs against what was referred to as “black on black crime”

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Instead of letting it go, as far as dude being black
He was full of liquor and his senses hella lagged
Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

Billy should have let old slights go in the name of racial solidarity. However, his pride and drunkenness caused him to shoot his rival instead, and pay the price for it

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Hella Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

“Hella” is such a notable piece of Northern California slang that it even has its own Wikipedia page

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He was down for me, he'd be down for you
Down for everyone in his whole crew
His mind kind of lagged as far as being black
Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

A sympathetic but complicated portrayal of the titular Billy here — he lacks racial pride, but is a loyal and trustworthy friend. The former quality, though, ends up getting him in trouble

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We already got enough folks on our backs
The po-pos, the white folks
Every other race
Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

Suga lays out the song’s central thesis here — black folks face excessive pressures from outside the race, so they need to cut each other a lot of slack in order to get by, and committing violence against each other just plays into the hands of racists

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We have our freedom so we don't have to fight
We don't have to worry about the KKK
They stay out blacks' way so we can make their day
They love to read in the paper of blacks killing blacks
Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

This section is reminiscent of Kool Moe Dee’s famous lines from “Self Destruction”:

I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan
And I shouldn’t have to run from a black man

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Mayne Billy Bad Ass by Suga-T (of The Click)

“Mayne” is the Bay Area’s exaggerated prononciation of the word “man”

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